Mustangs fight 11-point deficit to win Triple J Auto All-Star Title | Guam Sports


With their 11-0 lead a distant memory and behind the Mustangs 16-11 in the 2022 Triple J Auto All-Star football game, the Raptors had plenty of time on the clock for one final game. As Raptors quarterback Josiah Quintanilla – a senior who led the Southern High School Dolphins to a winning season moved away from the Mustangs 20-yard line on a passing game designed for Caiyle Gogue – Cameron Brantley made the interception that saved the game.

The game, presented by Guam Sports Network, took place Saturday at George Washington High School in Mangilao.

Containing Gogue, a Father Duenas Memorial School star and reigning high school offense-MVP, is no easy task.

“Evan Brown told me to lock him up,” Brantley of Guam High School recalls, having Father Duenas Memorial School brother tell him before the play.

“I felt like the game was safe,” Brown said. “This fourth quarter, at the end, we struggled, everyone was communicating and we performed.”

For the Mustangs, what ended as a victory started as a calamity. With Brown serving as a quarterback, a position he had only played once before in a previous All-Star game, the senior passed out to pass and threw sideways behind the line of scrimmage. . Quintanilla, who knows the position well as well as a defensive force, recovered the fumble deep in the Mustangs’ red zone.

Brown, after this play, decided he had taken enough pictures. Playing the quarterback was not for him.

“The pressure is all on you. If you make the mistake, it’s up to you, “he said.” Yeah, that’s why I got out of it quickly. “

The Raptors, unable to break through the Mustangs’ defense, were content with a 27-yard field goal from Alex Sojo, who last season led the Friars to their sixth straight championship.

Later in the first quarter, Quintanilla recovered another fumble from Evan Brown.

Brown, in the ensuing series of Raptors runs, erased one of his mistakes and knocked out Sojo.

As the teams traded fumbles and interceptions, the Sojo Raptors finally found their way into the end zone, a 30-yard strike from Sojo to Isaiah Topasna, a senior with the Dolphins.

After the 2-point conversion, which turned out to be the Raptors’ last points, the Raptors led 11-0.

With the first quarter in the record books, the teams traded more turnovers. While the Raptors couldn’t turn their received gifts into points, the Mustangs converted a Caleb Murphy’s interception into a touchdown. Just inside the Raptors’ red zone, Aaron “Rocket” Johnson of Guam High School blew up the Raptors high school on a 19-yard touchdown run. Johnson also scored the 2-point conversion.

As the third quarter approached, the Mustangs were trailing 11-8, but another fumble recovery set their go-ahead score. Vance Meno of the Mustangs, a 10th grade student at Father Duenas, recovered the fumble. Meno, who was selected as the game’s MVP, finished with five tackles.

With a free game of downs and about half the pitch to advance to the Raptors’ end zone, Murphy, an 11th-grade student who hangs out with Father Duenas and was voted Defensive Player of the Year of the Guam Department of Education Interschool Athletic Association, made a transfer to the Raptors 2-yard line. Brown, with a winning touchdown in the middle, finished the drive.

Johnson, with the final score of the match, made the 2-point conversion.

Brown, a 2021 Island Whole Island first team defensive selection, enjoyed the high-level competition and felt it was a great way to cap his career.

“They are the best of their teams,” said Brown. “It was an honor to play with each of them, even the guys on the other team.”

For Johnson, being selected as a star was the icing on the cake of a one-season sundae, where the 10th grader led Guam High to his first championship appearance in over a decade. In addition, being selected for the All-Star team has served as a measure of his progress in the sport that brings him so much joy.

“For a long time I wasn’t that good at football,” Johnson said. “I have improved over the years. I train hard and, you know, all the hard work is paying off now.

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